First-Hand Accounts

01.06.13 5:00 AM ET

Daily Beast Readers Share Their Stories of Rape and Sexual Assault

“Encourage every rape victim and those they love to hold their heads up high and not be afraid of acknowledging what happened.” Readers tell their own stories.

As protests over inadequate responses to sexual abuse erupt across the world, from India to Ohio, we asked Daily Beast readers to share their personal tales of sexual assault and rape.

Women around the world offered powerful memories of fear, stigma and overcoming the past. Here are their stories, and if you have one to share, please submit it here.